Rebecca Schatz, Code Savvy, Founder Dies

With deep sadness and a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Rebecca Schatz, founder and executive director of Code Savvy, founder of The Works hands-on museum of engineering, and catalyst behind Technovation[MN]. Rebecca passed away in her loving family's arms on Monday, July 13, 2015.

Rebecca Schatz, Code Savvy, FounderRebecca touched so many people during her vibrant, innovative, and inspiring life. She left an an inspiring, sustainable, and lasting legacy to encourage kids and teens to explore their curiosity, learn coding and creative problem solving, and for the the volunteers, family members, and mentors who make it happen.

Rebecca built systems and organizations and more importantly she engaged others to participate in the process. She knew that change is the work of many and she inspired everyone to stretch, grow and develop themselves. Her outreach was inherently about inclusion - helping kids see new models and pathways to pursue their own passion, dreams and careers in new and accessible ways. Rebecca brought passion and a focused commitment to inspire our youth to explore and discover engineering, science and coding in hands-on environments. 

In early July 2015, Code Savvy appointed Jean Weiss the Executive Director of Code Savvy to carry forward Rebecca's vision to inspire a diverse new code savvy generation. 

Rebecca and her family request that memorials be sent to Code Savvy. We are so thankful for the time Rebecca spent here to inspire change, innovation and inclusion. She will be missed.


Code Savvy is a not-for-profit organization inspiring kids and teens to become code-savvy, that is, to understand the kind of creative thinking that goes into coding, and to try out programming computers and devices.   Code Savvy is determined to bring more diversity -- gender and ethnic diversity -- to computer science. 

Here's our 2014 year end newsletter.

Link to more information about these Code Savvy core programs: 
  • Code Camps for kids -- Cool half-day code camps in Scratch, AppInventor, Ruby and more at several Twin Cities locations in summer 2015.   We've scheduled some already, and will be adding more.
  • CoderDojo Twin Cities (free, mentored coding environment for kids 8-17) started April 2013 and has welcomed 1000+ young coders to explore web and app design, gaming, systems and electronics.   CoderDojoTC has inspired five additional branches. 
  • Technovation Challenge  (young women ages 12-18 design and code mobile apps as they participate in this global coding and entrepreneurial challenge) + the festive Appapalooza
  • Code Clubs --  youth learn to code after school at community sites.  Code Savvy has launched code clubs and coding events at several locations in North Minneapolis in 2015, and plans to expand to other communities. Please direct inquiries from potential community partners to  
  • Educators: Get With the Program! -- K-8 teachers and after school educators explore integrating coding into the curriculum and develop skill in coding and creative problem solving through hands-on  workshops.  The MN Coding in the Classroom Leadership Cohort will begin this summer.
  • Learn to code -- advice on online resources for beginning coders.   

Code Savvy also partners with these local coding initiatives:
  •  Digital Empowerment Academy -- North Minneapolis teens explore digital literacy and coding
  •  Katie CoderDojo -- a place for girls ages 8 to 16 to explore programming:  games and animations in Scratch or mobile apps in AppInventor
  • Tonka CoderDojo for students ages 13 to17 to explore Web technologies, mobile apps, Codecademy and Minecraft, located at Minnetonka High School.

For more information, please contact